Forward Thinking Therapies, Family Together and The Well Woman Network focus on supporting the positive aspects of emotional health; working together to enhance our wellbeing, mental health and getting the best out of modern day life. 

We run events locally in addition to working with groups, parents, families and individuals to overcome challenge, support positive emotional health and relational development. 

Karen Smith is a qualified Counsellor and Cognitive Coach & Mentor. She has over 15 years of experience working in education, and a portfolio of professional training supporting families and children for positive outcomes .  She is also a Restorative Practitioner and is passionate about positive emotional health and wellbeing for all. 

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The Parent Programme for 

Groups, Schools & Local Organisations

The aim of this workshop is to discuss, understand, explore and learn how we can best support emotional health in our children and young people.

We will look at:

  • the current mental health challenges children and young people face.
  • how our own thoughts and behaviours influence the emotional health of children and young people.
  • young peoples expectations of adults.
  • healthy functioning and self concept.

We will also be looking at areas of positive emotional growth and development and how we, as parents, can help our children and young people achieve this. Topics will include how we support children and young people to:

  • understand emotions
  • learn to problem solve and find solutions.
  • cope with unexpected change.
  • learn to assess risk.
  • overcome disappointment and failure.
  • create and embrace unique individuality.
  • think rationally.
  • overcome challenge positively.
  • have the ability to self-reflect.
  • talk positively to themselves.
  • how we encourage communication, opinion and choice.
  • how we address conflict in the family.

This workshop is aimed at parents who want to learn about how they can best support their child's emotional health in our modern day world and is recommended for parents of children age 16 and under.

About Karen Smith & Forward Thinking Therapies

Karen holds professional qualifications in Therapeutic Counselling and Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring (current) and is Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling.

She is a Certified Restorative Practitioner and has a portfolio of professional development training, supporting families and children in education to achieve positive outcomes.

Karen works independently with parents and families to educate, support and enhance emotional health in all aspects of family life and is passionate about positive emotional health for children and young people.

This workshop is available across Berkshire, North Hampshire and South Oxfordshire. If you are a school or parent group and would be interested in this workshop being delivered in your setting, please contact: [email protected]

Parents often ask if it is possible to facilitate this workshop for groups of parents. A private workshop can be arranged for groups of 10 parents. Please contact us for more information.

The Well Woman Network Venue

Wychcotes on the Banks of the River Thames. Our Well Woman Network Venue. 

'Experiencing another's emotional journey is an absolute privilege. Observing their growth is inspiring.

Celebrating what they achieve thereafter is why I do what I do'.

Karen Smith

The Forward Thinking Therapist

About, Professional Qualifications & Experience

About me

My name is Karen Smith and I have lived and worked in Berkshire for over 25 years.  As an experienced therapeutic practitioner, I am passionate about positive mental health for all and work with adults and families to provide a safe, non-judgemental and comfortable environment to support best outcomes. 

Qualifications, Professional Development & Memberships

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Inst. of Counselling (Accredited University of the West of Scotland).
  • Diploma in Cognitive Coaching & Mentoring (Current), Inst. of Counselling (Accredited, University of the West of Scotland).

  • Restorative Practitioner, Restorative Justice Council

  • Signs of Safety 

  • Safeguarding Children

  • CAF & Lead Professional

  • LSCB Effective Multi-Agency Working

  • Domestic Abuse 

  • LSCB Disguised Compliance

  • Associate Member of the Institute of Counselling

  • DBS Certificate held (Disclosure & Barring Service)

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We look forward to receiving your enquiry and will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible.  If your query is urgent, you can contact us on:

07899 713697 during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm daily. 

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The Small Print

All communications and meetings are strictly confidential between the client and Forward Thinking Therapies. 

As with any service, the client/practitioner dynamic and professional relationship is key in achieving positive outcomes for you. Just as every client is unique, so is every therapist and whilst I am committed to providing the best possible support, it is important that you feel comfortable with me and the approaches I use.

Coaching/Mentoring & Counselling Services 

Sessions are for 1 hour and charged at £40 per hour or part thereof.  The number of sessions required will be dependent on your individual needs. 

Group Sessions Please contact me for further information.

Payment Terms

A deposit payment of £40 is required when we agree your first appointment. Thereafter payment is required in full at the end of each session unless otherwise agreed. We accept all major debit/credit cards. An invoice will be provided for your records. 

Hours of Business:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm


48 hours notice is required if you need to cancel an appointment. If this is not achievable a full session charge will be incurred.  

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.

Professionally Insured

Forward Thinking Therapies is professionally insured by PolicyBee.